In this article, we are going to talk about Coding Bootcamps and their benefits especially for kids in an African context.
To kick things off, we will talk about what a Coding Bootcamp is. A coding Bootcamp is a short-term training camp where core skills which can be used in everyday, real world situations are taught. In other words, it’s a place where all the fluff in coding is removed and only the core skills are taught.
These boot camps are usually attended by programmers and especially web developers wishing to show their value to potential employers.
The skills learned at these camps are really valuable especially in the context of technology driven companies of today. Start-ups especially, require a high level of coding skills which are able to provide new solutions in an economy which rewards inventors and innovators richly.
The companies that are growing rapidly like Uber, Google, Facebook and others are all driven by technology and were started by the creation of a software programme or app which solved a problem or created a new market altogether.
How Coding Bootcamps Work
We live in an ever-evolving world and the skills that we learn today can quickly lose relevance in this fast-paced world. It is therefore necessary to remain up to pace and relevant.
Companies like Google have actually stopped prioritising people with college degrees preferring people who have proved to be innovators or those they train themselves at Google U.
The major reason for this approach by them is because university degrees teach material which is then irrelevant by the time students finish their 4-year degrees.
Coding camps were devised to bridge this gap. They were created to help people get a job in the coding space by providing them with the relevant skills for the job market.
The average coding camp lasts for about 14.1 weeks in which you learn the core aspects of coding which relate to the job market. This is in stark contrast to a full coding course which can last anywhere from 13 months up to 5 years in some cases.
Coding bootcamps can be thought of as trade school for software engineers. You can specialise in specific coding areas, zeroing in on the core fundamentals of that area.
Is it then necessary to take a full coding course if the boot camp is available and looks to be so much more marketable?
As stated a number of times before in this article, bootcamps only offer the bare essentials of coding as far as real world application is concerned but you will definitely need to take a more comprehensive programme if you want to have a more holistic appreciation of the software engineering landscape.
Benefits of Coding for Kids
Since this article is geared towards kids, coding bootcamps can be considered a very good approach for them. The major reason for this is that it allows kids to develop the core skills that arise from learning coding such as improved analytical, computing and general problem-solving skills.
It gives the kids a great advantage in life whether or not they want to be a coder when they grow up. Coding is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives such that by the time they choose their careers, they will be well able to create software solutions or apps to make their jobs easier.
There are coding camps which are held in South Africa and other parts of Africa by organisations such as Think Camp.
For other benefits of coding, you can check out our other article here.